Remember the disturbing story about the Adolf Hitler birthday cake from a few years back? Well, this story tops it.
An Austrian bakery has come under fire by a Holocaust survivors' group for prominently featuring photos of Nazi-themed cakes -- decorated with swastikas and a baby raising its right hand in a "Heil Hitler" salute -- on its walls and in its catalogue.
When asked about the cakes by an Austrian television station, the bakery's owner, Manfred Klaschka, played dumb, saying that the cakes were made eight years and so he didn't understand why everyone was making such a big deal about it. Of course, this was all before he offered up the most ridiculous excuse of all time ...
He said he made the cake because a customer asked him to (for $128):
If it's requested, it's made ... I don't want to be pulled into this because I'm a confectioner and there's nothing more to it.
In other words, he was "just following orders," right? Yeah, we've heard that before. Never mind the fact that Austrian law bans the glorification of the Nazi era and any attempt to diminish, deny, or justify the Holocaust! I'd say that these cakes might just fall into the glorification realm, wouldn't you agree?
Klaschka has since apologized, telling a newspaper that it was a mistake to make the cakes, and that he has nothing to do with Hitler. Yet, the Holocaust survivors' group is intent that the pastry shop be prosecuted. Can't say that I blame them -- besides being offensive and upsetting, it sounds like these cakes are absolutely against the law!
Do you think the bakery should be prosecuted?
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